Washington, D.C. (July 2, 2014) — National Journal delivered its highest monthly traffic of the year in June, with more than 3.3 million monthly uniques visiting the site. The increased readership comes on the heels of the brand’s magazine redesign, the latest phase in a larger reimagining of the National Journal brand, which began last fall with the successful relaunch of the National Journal website, led by Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve.
“National Journal‘s sustained growth is proof that great journalism and great traffic go hand-in-hand,” said Grieve. “The new magazine adds another dimension for us: We have great in-the-moment journalism and extraordinary long-form journalism too, a mix that is driving influential readers ““ and top-flight journalists ““ to National Journal.”
June 2014 marked a number of milestones for National Journal. The redesigned magazine launched June 19th and drew immediate notice throughout the worlds of journalism and politics; Marin Cogan’s profile of former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer made headlines in nearly every national media outlet, and Schweitzer himself was eventually forced to apologize for comments he made in Cogan’s story. Ron Fournier’s columns on Obamacare, the Veterans’ Administration and Bowe Bergdahl drove conversation throughout Washington, and his column on Democrats’ frustration with the president became the single-best-read piece on National Journal since the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011. Tim Alberta and Shane Goldmacher broke key stories on Eric Cantor’s primary loss and the race to succeed him as majority leader. And Sam Baker and a big team of National Journal reporters drove huge readership to coverage of the Supreme Court’s critical decisions at the end of the month.
Along with the unique visitor growth, the delivery of innovative digital advertising solutions has contributed to 153% digital revenue growth this year for the brand. National Journal continues to aggressively expand its digital business with National Journal‘s product and development team focused on building a new digital product pipeline for the second half of the year.
Additionally, National Journal staff continues to grow. In March, Tim Hartman was named CEO of the larger National Journal Group, and Publisher Poppy MacDonald and Grieve were named President. Additionally, in the past month, Emily Schultheis, Alexia Campbell, Rachel Roubein, Zach Cohen, and magazine staff writers and contributors Michelle Cottle, Nora Caplan-Bricker, Simon van Zuylen-Wood, Daniel Libit, and Ethan Epstein joined the growing National Journal editorial team.
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